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The Art Of A Decent Handshake

1 week agoWords by Mr Alfred Tong

Illustration by Mr Giordano Poloni

Given that the humble handshake has, since the dawn of mankind, been the international method by which we greet strangers and friends, you’d think that most of us would have got the hang of it by now. But sadly, not. From pretty much the very first day of his presidency, Mr Donald Trump has been keeping body language experts busy due to the overzealous displays of dominance expressed through the “Trump Pump”.

“With handshakes, it’s the bad ones that linger in the memory,” says Mr Les Child, a choreographer and body language expert who’s worked with brands such as Louis Vuitton and Gucci and performance artists Mr Michael Clark and Mr Leigh Bowery. “It’s not too strong to say a bad handshake can be revolting and creepy. It’s a very primal thing to touch someone for the first time, and that’s why I think it provokes such strong reactions.”

Here are Mr Child’s top tips for a handshake that can be forgotten in a hurry.

Just keep it simple